L’Damian Washington – Wikipedia

American gridiron football player (born 1991)

American football player

L’Damian Washington (born May 10, 1991) is a former American football wide receiver. He was a member of the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Edmonton Eskimos, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Birmingham Iron, and St. Louis BattleHawks. He played college football at Missouri.

Early years[edit]

Washington attended Green Oaks High School, where he played football and basketball. As a junior, he earned All-district honors after making 7 interceptions while playing at cornerback.

As a senior, he registered 53 receptions for 1,064 yards and 12 touchdowns at wide receiver, while having 4 interceptions on defense. In one game he posted 6 receptions for 257 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was a team captain and a First-Team All-district selection. He was named the offensive MVP at the inaugural Sportsman’s Paradise All-Star Game in Louisiana.

College career[edit]

Washington accepted a football scholarship from the University of Missouri. As a redshirt freshman, he appeared in 12 games (one start), collecting 5 receptions for 35 yards.

The next year, he recorded 20 receptions for 364 yards (18.2-yard average) and 3 touchdowns. He earned the full-time starter job as a junior, registering 25 receptions for 443 yards (17.7-yard average) and 2 touchdowns.

In 2013, Washington finished his senior season with 50 receptions for 893 yards (17.9-yard average) and 10 touchdowns,[1] including a 96-yard touchdown catch against the University of South Carolina. He was limited with a left turf toe during the final five games of the season. He was also voted a team captain the same year.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Washington was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2014 NFL Draft. He suffered a right shoulder injury in June, that forced him to miss most of the organized team activities. He returned in time for the start of training camp, but injuries on the defensive line forced the team to waive him on August 2.[2]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Washington was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco 49ers on August 3, 2014.[3] He was cut on August 30.

New York Giants[edit]

Washington was signed to the New York Giants practice squad on September 16, 2014.[4] He was released on September 24.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Washington was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad on October 21, 2014. He was waived on November 25.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Washington was signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad on December 3, 2014.[5]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Washington to a futures contract on January 8, 2015. On May 21, he was placed on the injured reserve list and was waived injured 5 days later, after splitting his calf in two and tearing it off the bone.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Washington signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on August 3, 2015.[6] He was released by the team on August 30.

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

On September 1, 2016, Washington was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He was released from the practice roster on September 13.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

On May 31, 2017, he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He started in the season opener against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, tallying 2 receptions for 38 yards and one touchdown. He appeared in 8 games, registering 24 receptions for 246 yards and two touchdown. He was cut on May 1, 2018.[7]

Birmingham Iron[edit]

On September 14, 2018, Washington signed with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football for the 2019 season.[8] The league ceased operations in April 2019.[9]

St. Louis BattleHawks[edit]

In October 2019, Washington was selected by the St. Louis BattleHawks as part of the 2020 XFL Draft.[10] On February 9, 2020 he started in the season opener tallying 5 receptions for 20 yards in a 15–9 win over the Dallas Renegades.[11] In March, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the league announced that it would be cancelling the rest of the season.[12] Playing in all 5 games, he had 21 receptions for 252 yards and one touchdown.[13] He had his contract terminated when the league suspended operations on April 10, 2020.[14]

Post-playing career[edit]

Washington was head football coach at West Middle School in Columbia, Missouri for the Fall 2019 and 2020 season.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Washington is a motivational speaker. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a psychology degree in 4 years, despite having lost both of his parents at an early age. His father was murdered when he was only 6, and his mother had a stroke and died after one of his high school basketball games when he was only 15.

Washington is one of four brothers (La’Courtney, Tobias, Tomarious), once their mom had passed they had all decided to remain together as one taking care of each other, with La’Courtney becoming their legal guardian. Washington was accompanied by his best friends and also high school teammates; Joshua, Roovelroe and Jordan. L’Damian had a best friend murdered when he was only 15.


  1. ^ “L’Damian Washington”. www.sports-reference.com/. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  2. ^ “Dallas Cowboys add defensive ends”. ESPN.com. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Florio, Mike. “49ers give up on receiver Jon Baldwin”. Pro Football Talk. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  4. ^ “Giants put Thurmond, Jernigan on injured reserve”. USA Today. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  5. ^ “Dolphins’ Cortland Finnegan has testy history with Ravens’ Steve Smith”. Miami Herald. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  6. ^ Paylor, Terez (August 3, 2015). “Chiefs sign former Mizzou receiver L’Damian Washington”. KansasCity.com. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  7. ^ Wyman, Ted (May 1, 2018). “Washington, Porter among cuts as Bombers pare down roster”. Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Inabinett, Mark (September 14, 2018). “Birmingham AAF adds 9 players, including Auburn’s Ryan White”. AL.com. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Michael Rothstein, Seth Wickersham (June 13, 2019). “Inside the short, unhappy life of the Alliance of American Football”. ESPN.com. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Bender, Bill (October 21, 2019). “XFL Draft picks 2019: Complete results, rosters, players for new football league”. Sporting News. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Brown, Daniel. “Former Green Oaks star L’Damian Washington makes impact in XFL debut”. KTBS. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  12. ^ “XFL Injured Reserve”. XFL.com. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  13. ^ “XFL L’Damian Washington stats”. XFL.com. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  14. ^ Condotta, Bob (April 10, 2020). “XFL suspends operations, terminates all employees, but Jim Zorn says he has hopes league will continue”. SeattleTimes.com. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  15. ^ Kauffman, Andrew (April 13, 2020). “Full interview: Former XFL standout L’Damian Washington ready for next challenge”. ABC 17 News. Retrieved October 23, 2020.

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